Broadcasting policy, creative compliance and the myth of civil society in China

Keane, Michael A. (2001) Broadcasting policy, creative compliance and the myth of civil society in China. Media, Culture and Society, 23(6), pp. 783-798.

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This paper looks at arguments framing civil society debates and questions the usefulness of civil society models in understanding how media policy is made and implemented in China. The key argument is that viewing the state-society relationship in China through a Western optic obviates the distinctive differences between the autonomous civil society of liberal-democracies and Chinese social relations. This does not mean that civil society is a redundant concept. It can be usefully applied to describe economically driven political and social change in China. However, its capacity to explain how cultural and media policy is formulated is limited.

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ID Code: 2448
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: China, civil society, broadcasting, television, public sphere, regulation, democracy, documentation, creative compliance
DOI: 10.1177/016344301023006006
ISSN: 1460-3675
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified (200199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 Sage Publications
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 08 Nov 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:28

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